MTN South Africa Appoints Michele Gamberini as new CTIO and Megan Nicholas as MD for Supersonic

MTN SA has appointed Michele Gamberini as its new Chief Technology and Information Officer effective 1 February 2022. The company also announced the appointment of Megan Nicholas to Managing Director for MTN Supersonic, the network provider’s fibre and broadband internet service provider, effective 01 January 2022. 

Gamberini joins MTN from Telecom Italia (TIM Group) where he gained 25 years of experience across the business at TIM Italy and most recently in the position of Global Group CTIO. Having worked in Italy, Spain, Greece and supported Brazilian technological choices, Gamberini had the unique experience of preparing the network evolution ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He holds a master’s degree in electronics engineering. 

MTN SA’s Chief Executive Officer, Charles Molapisi says “MTN SA has established itself as the benchmark for what network quality should be while also driving massive and compelling enhancements in the IT space. As we work toward our Ambition2025 strategy which is anchored on building the largest and most valuable platform business, I believe that Gamberini’s wealth of experience will have a notable contribution towards enhancing our technology functions as well as providing a network that is second to none to all South Africans.” 

Commenting on his appointment, Gamberini says: “I am delighted to be joining such a high-performing business and a team within the technology and information systems environment that have proven themselves to be amongst the best in the world.”  

“I am most looking forward to continuing and growing the exceptional work the MTN network team has delivered over the years,” Gamberini added.  

Supersonic takes aim at Residential Market 

Currently General Manager for Residential at MTN South Africa, Nicholas’s internal appointment is a strategic move from MTN to ensure continuous customer growth in the residential market, of which MTN aspires to own 30% market share across all technologies by 2025.  

“Residential broadband delivery is a critical strategic focus, as we work to bring our superior network and service into more of our customer’s homes. This battle for the home market needs a leader of Megan’s caliber, expertise and experience,” says Molapisi. 

“As part of our ongoing commitment to grow our Supersonic business in this ever-changing environment, we consider this appointment as one of the strategic levers. Megan’s extensive experience across the broadband sector is recognised as a vital driver to achieve our growth ambitions in this highly innovative space.” 

With a career spanning a number of blue-chip organisations, across multiple mobile networks, Nicholas has the relevant industry, commercial and operational expertise to further strengthen the Supersonic business. Coupled with a proven track-record in the design and executing of business strategies, she seeks to challenge the market ‘status quo’, and thereby increase the overall profitability of our complete Residential portfolio. 

 “I am very excited to be leading the execution against our 2025 strategy to ‘own the home’, and I believe that Supersonic is an important contributor to achieving that ambition,” said Nicholas.  “With Megan’s strong determination and dedication, and her ability to build high-performance teams, we are confident that her leadership will not only boost the performance of our Supersonic business, but also move us even closer to realising our ambition and vision.” concludes Molapisi.